Ophicleide Definition

ŏfĭ-klīd
noun
An early, brass musical instrument consisting of a long tube doubled back on itself, with keys for fingering.
Webster's New World
A keyed brass instrument of the bugle family with a baritone range that was the structural precursor of the bass saxophone and was replaced by the tuba in orchestras.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Ophicleide

Noun

Singular:
ophicleide
Plural:
ophicleides

Origin of Ophicleide

  • French Greek ophis snake (from its resemblance to the serpent, a musical instrument) Greek klēis klēid- key

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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